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I’ve posted before about Azrael and his chronic fin biting. I feel every time I do a weekly vacuum (every 7 days), he gets stressed. I’ve done partial vacuums where 15%-20% water gets changed, and I only take out half of the decorations. Or I’ve done full vacuum where I take everything out and vacuum the entire floor removing about 40%-45% of the water. I even tried taking him out and placing him in a small bowl to see if that helped. But it hasn’t. I use tap water and Seamchem Prime with Stability as water conditioners. But it seems the next morning when I go to feed him breakfast he’s missing a chunk of his top caudal & lower dorsal fins, it’s always at night he does it. Before I was doing dip every week and removing about 20% of water, then vacuuming every 2-3 weeks between dips. I don’t remember him biting as much. But he was also in a 5 gallon tank. He has been getting fed a little more due to him being on the thinner side, so I feel he’s pooping a lot more. When he is fed I monitor his feeding to make sure he eats everything in his feeding ring so it doesn’t fall to the floor. I also used gallon spring water over tap water before. Should I go back to the original dip & vacuum or is there a way to keep him less stressed? And should I revert back to spring water? Or do I just deal with it since platinums are known for fin biting, and just make sure it doesn’t turn in to fin rot or an infection. Thanks in advance…


Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 10
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? 80.1 F
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes from filter
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No

Food:
What food brand do you use? Omega One, Betta Pro Shrimp Patties, New Spectrum Betta, Daphnia, Fluval Bug Bites as staple diet. Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, & blood worms - freeze dried treats on weekends only.
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
Freeze-dried? Yes
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? 2x daily - 10-12 pellets or until I see a full belly.

Maintenance:
Before
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of water did you change? Anywhere from 20%-40%
What is the source of your water? Changed from gallon Spring water to Tap
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Both
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner? Seachem Prime and Seachem Stability

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia: 0 ppm API Freshwater Master Kit
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
pH: 7.4
Hardness (GH): did not test
Alkalinity (KH): did not test

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? This morning
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? Has not changed. Still swims around and then relaxes after. Very chill Betta.
Is your Betta still eating? Yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Just keep water clean & IAL
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? Yes - chronic fin biter
How long have you owned your Betta? 3 months
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? Yes, fin biting.
Water Pet supply Fish supply Organism Rectangle

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Plant Flower Flowerpot Houseplant Terrestrial plant

Plant Vertebrate Flowerpot Flower Nature
 

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Have you seen him personally biting his fins, or just happening at night. It could be that he is catching fins on deco and tearing them. Your deco does have some rough edges, and even plastic plants can cause damage.
No I haven’t…They’re silk plants and I’ve run nylon hose over the cave and plants to see if they snag. And nothing.
 

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Have you seen him personally biting his fins, or just happening at night. It could be that he is catching fins on deco and tearing them. Your deco does have some rough edges, and even plastic plants can cause damage.
It’s usually the tips that are red, and I was thinking if they were getting torn it would be the top of the fin or the bottoms getting snagged?
 

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It can be any fins
I checked all decor with nylon hose and no tear, and even took my finger along all edges and they feel smooth. Plus he came in with jagged fins, they got worse. Then grew back, and now that I’m cleaning more than I did before I assumed it was biting. And was told that Platinums are notorious fin biters.
 

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I think that varies, but I would change plastic plants for real and you may see a difference.
I am a full time worker and full time student. I’ll look in to the maintenance of live plants. He was fine for a while in an 5 gallon, had plastic plants over silk and his fins grew back from normal. The moment I started vacuuming more frequently, and switched over to a 10 gallon. That is when he really started going to town on his fins. Other than switching to live plants, any other options to my question of doing it in a way that’s less stressful?
 
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